Useful Tips That’ll Help You While Volunteering In Kenya

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This East African country that’s drained by the Congo River, shelters the some popular indigenous tribes including the Maasai and the Kikuyu tribes. Kenya is famous for its wildlife, and a large population of Africa’s Big 5 can be spotted here. Bordered by the Indian Ocean on the eastern part, Kenya was once a hub of traders who traveled from the European countries to the Asian countries. The volunteering projects in Kenya are located in the capital city of Nairobi – one of the bustling African cities that’s aiming to grow with each passing day. Whether it’s the Giraffe Manor where you can share your breakfast with the long-necked ones or a wildlife safari to catch a glimpse of the elephants and lions or a hike around Mt.Kenya – the country has too much in store to offer its visitors. Volunteering in Kenya would undoubtedly be an experience to cherish forever.

Here are some useful tips that’ll certainly help you while volunteering in Kenya:

Learn a few local words

This is the best part of a volunteering journey – you get to mingle a lot with the local ones and spend quality time with them. If you learn a couple of local words, like Jambo (hello) and Asante (thanks), then it would be great! (Google surely will help you to catch a few more words!) Knowing a bit of their language would make them feel more connected to you, and they’ll believe that you are there to do something good for them. It’s nothing but a step to get closer to the locals.

Carry enough water to keep yourself hydrated

Kenyan weather is usually hot and it’s advisable to carry bottled water with you. During the day, while working at your project site, you need to be active and therefore it’s essential to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking a lot of water will be good for you.

Dress moderately

Unlike the Western world, Kenyan folks aren’t quite okay with people wearing short and tight clothes. Carry loose and comfortable clothes. Remember that a volunteering trip is very different from a luxury holiday, and most of your time will be spent with the locals. So you need to dress appropriately.

Don’t expect Wifi (or internet facilities) everywhere!

Kenya still doesn’t have access to fastest internet services, and there will be a lot of places where you might have to survive without it! Apart from a few restaurants, most of the eateries don’t have wifi. Even at places where you’ll find the internet, don’t expect amazing speed.

Take a ride on the public mode of transport

Well. eventually, you’ll get to take them quite a few times during your volunteering trip. The most popular mode of transport are the matatus (minivan taxis), that can be spotted carrying people from one destination to another. Matatus are a reflection of popular culture and the Kenyan experience. Be safe from pickpocketing while taking a ride!

Be safe with you possessions

Don’t carry too much cash with you while traveling. Keep your things safely at the accommodation and consult the in-country coordinator in case you need any help. Make sure not to show off your expensive gadgets to the locals, because there might be a high chance of things getting stolen! The Kenyans are nice people and their mentality is not to harm you – it’s just that they are still not used to a lot of things that are available in the developed countries, and there’s a possibility of things getting stolen. It’s advisable to not go out at night with expensive possessions.

Seek permission before taking photographs

Make sure not to take pictures of government establishments and people (especially women) without seeking permission. If you click photographs without asking, they might get offended.

Don’t miss the delicious cuisine at The Carnivore restaurant

One of a kind restaurant in the world, The Carnivore is a place for all foodies! One of Nairobi’s main attractions, this restaurant serves an array of wild game meat in a buffet-style, that include zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, crocodile, camel among other seasonal treats. You shall not find so many options anywhere else in the world!

Do take a safari trip

The last but not the least, how can one miss going for a wildlife safari while in Kenya? Kenya is one of Africa’s prime game-viewing areas, renowned for its dramatic scenery, magnificent game parks, and abundant wildlife. You’ll surely get to spot Africa’s Big 5. It would be one of the best experiences ever!

To book your safari trip, got to the ‘My Account’ section and select ‘Add On Tour’. You can also drop us a mail at [email protected] to know more about the volunteering in Kenya.


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